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Yakult Danone plans India expansion as probiotics awareness grows

Yakult Danone India is to increase manufacturing capacity at its Sonepat facility to meet rising demand for its probiotic drinks.

Heineken and U.S. Beverage import partnership brings specialty global beer brands to US

Heineken Americas Export has partnered with U.S. Beverage (USB) to import certain international specialty beer brands into the US market. 

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Koia ‘positioned to become category leader’ in plant-based beverages with $7.5m investment

Koia, a refrigerated RTD plant-based protein beverage company, has secured a $7.5m funding round led by private investment firm KarpReilly and existing investor AccelFoods.

Bevi aims to make bottles and cans obsolete through data-driven beverage dispenser

Custom beverage machine startup Bevi has raised $16.5m in funding to launch its counter-top beverage dispenser model and expand its North American footprint with the ultimate goal of making packaged...

Icelandic Glacial enters China’s premium bottled water segment

Premium alkaline water brand, Icelandic Glacial, has partnered with international trading firm Golden Field to expand distribution to China. 

ROAR KIDS debuts featuring Marvel heroes, as brand seeks to engage with younger consumers

The launch of ROAR KIDS, a new line of water-based beverages from ROAR Beverages, is targeting a younger, “crucial” demographic by featuring Marvel characters on its packaging while still meeting...

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‘Consumers will not compromise on taste,’ says FlavorHealth

FlavorHealth has found that most consumers will pick an indulgent beverage over a better-for-you option when given the choice, even when they say trends like sugar reduction are among their...

PepsiCo Argentina closes Buenos Aires plant and relocates cookies, snacks & soft drinks production

PepsiCo Argentina has closed a plant, which produces cookies, snacks and soft drinks, in Florida, Buenos Aires province, and moved production to Mar del Plata, a five-hour drive away, axing...

Heineken defends itself after tequila-flavored beer criticism

Heineken has defended itself after being criticized by the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT - The Consejo Regulador del Tequila) in Mexico for its tequila-flavored beer, Desperados.

Constantia Flexibles meets demand for coffee & dairy packaging in Russia

Constantia Flexibles Group has responded to a growing demand in domestic food packaging by installing a laminating machine at its factory in Timashevsk, Russia, for packaging coffee, dairy and processed...

Nestlé Waters North America sees increased demand for ReadyRefresh online delivery service

Nestlé Waters North America has expanded operations of ReadyRefresh, its online shopping and delivery service of bottled beverages, with a new 10,000-square-foot branch in Denver, Colorado.

Rosé outpaces overall wine category as consumers ‘drink pink’ for summer: Nielsen

Rosé has shown strong growth over the past year and is outpacing overall US wine growth, a trend which will ramp up during the summer months thanks to the pink...

Diageo buys George Clooney’s tequila brand in $1bn deal

Diageo has confirmed that it will buy Casamigos, a tequila brand co-founded by George Clooney, in a deal that values the brand at $1bn and is expected to close in...

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Opportunities for tea: RTD, Millennials, and office services

US consumers are trading up in tea due to increased competition and raised awareness, especially in the at-home tea drinking space, says a consultant.

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Bössi rooibos tea for kids delves into uncharted US beverage territory

Bössi tea for kids has carved out a solid space in the under-developed children’s tea category through the launch of three RTD products. 

Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods adds 'locally relevant face to the Amazon machine'

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn will enhance the beverage shopping experience, which depends on a multichannel approach to succeed, according to Charlie Cain executive partner of Building...

Eight companies chosen for PepsiCo Nutrition Greenhouse

PepsiCo announced today the eight European nutrition start-ups it has chosen for the first Nutrition Greenhouse programme, offering one winning company €100,000.

Scholle IPN expands in Latin America

Scholle IPN, which produces flexible packaging for wine, processed fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and aseptic juices in the Latin American market, has opened a manufacturing facility in Santiago, Chile.

Thailand Dairy Organization to increase production capacity by 80%

Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand (DPO) is expanding its production capacity by installing three CFA 124 high-speed filling machines from SIG Combibloc.

Healthy and handcrafted beverages add to appeal of fast casual dining

Fast casual restaurants are tapping into the increasingly time-crunched, yet health-focused schedule of consumers, by providing healthy, guilt-free beverage options while satisfying their desire for occasional indulgence. 

Molson Coors inks deal with Heineken to distribute Mexico-made Sol beer in US

Heineken and Molson Coors Brewing Company have signed a 10-year joint agreement where MillerCoors (Molson Coors’ US division) will import, distribute, and market Mexican beer brand Sol in the US...

Barry Callebaut launches four cocoa powders for beverage and dairy applications

Barry Callebaut has added four new premium cocoa powders to its portfolio targeted for beverage and dairy applications.

Coca-Cola and partners invest $1.7bn in Indian agri ecosystem

Coca-Cola has collaborated with its bottling partners, fruit suppliers, and processors in India to contribute $1.7bn to the country’s agribusiness over the next five years, with much of the investment...

Heineken completes Brasil Kirin acquisition

Heineken has completed its acquisition of Brasil Kirin Holding (Brasil Kirin) from Kirin Holdings Company, to capture the fast-growing Brazilian beer market.

BeatBox Beverages shifts to more age-inclusive marketing and expands distribution of single-serve format

BeatBox Beverages has grown from $230,000 in revenue (over 14 months) to more than $2m in sales, helped by a $1m investment from entrepreneur Mark Cuban, which the company has...

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